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Many models in Garmin’s latest sat nav range come with a lifetime of map and traffic updates.

This is indicated by the ‘LMT’ at the end of the name, like the Nüvi 2455LMT.

And though many of us consider our gadgets an investment, many of us replace our sat navs every couple of years and often it’s just because we want the latest maps (and features).

My colleague Rob Hull has talked about the expense of updates to sat navs built into cars before, but should standalone sat navs be regarded as a short-term investment only?

Models with ‘LT’ at the end come with a subscription to lifetime traffic updates and not maps, and there are versions without free lifetime updates too. Its nearest rival, Tom Tom, doesn’t offer them, but it does offer a 90-day ‘latest map guarantee’ so you can download the latest map within three months of purchase.

Last modified 11-Sep-2016 12:33